Jazz rocked the roof Saturday at Rolling Meadows High School

  • Naperville North High School's Kyra McKeska plays as part of the jazz ensemble rocking the house at the 32nd annual Jazz in the Meadows Jazz Festival at the Rolling Meadows High School on Saturday.

    Naperville North High School's Kyra McKeska plays as part of the jazz ensemble rocking the house at the 32nd annual Jazz in the Meadows Jazz Festival at the Rolling Meadows High School on Saturday. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Mundelein High School's Karl Kirkpatrick wails his solo as the jazz ensemble rocks the 32nd annual Jazz in the Meadows Jazz Festival at the Rolling Meadows High School on Saturday.

    Mundelein High School's Karl Kirkpatrick wails his solo as the jazz ensemble rocks the 32nd annual Jazz in the Meadows Jazz Festival at the Rolling Meadows High School on Saturday. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Chris Matthews sings with Carmel High School's jazz combo at the 32nd annual Jazz in the Meadows Jazz Festival at the Rolling Meadows High School on Saturday.

    Chris Matthews sings with Carmel High School's jazz combo at the 32nd annual Jazz in the Meadows Jazz Festival at the Rolling Meadows High School on Saturday. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • The Antioch Community High School jazz combo under the direction of Jonathan Untch rocks the 32nd annual Jazz in the Meadows Jazz Festival at the Rolling Meadows High School on Saturday.

    The Antioch Community High School jazz combo under the direction of Jonathan Untch rocks the 32nd annual Jazz in the Meadows Jazz Festival at the Rolling Meadows High School on Saturday. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Fremd High School's Maia Mercado wails on her saxophone as the Jazz Ensemble rocks the 32nd annual Jazz in the Meadows Jazz Festival at Rolling Meadows High School on Saturday.

    Fremd High School's Maia Mercado wails on her saxophone as the Jazz Ensemble rocks the 32nd annual Jazz in the Meadows Jazz Festival at Rolling Meadows High School on Saturday. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Hersey High School's A.J. Mikkelson, right, Michael Wostmann and Jimmy Rodriguez rock the 32nd annual Jazz in the Meadows Jazz Festival at the Rolling Meadows High School on Saturday.

    Hersey High School's A.J. Mikkelson, right, Michael Wostmann and Jimmy Rodriguez rock the 32nd annual Jazz in the Meadows Jazz Festival at the Rolling Meadows High School on Saturday. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • The Naperville North High School jazz combo rocks the house at the 32nd annual Jazz in the Meadows Jazz Festival at the Rolling Meadows High School on Saturday.

    The Naperville North High School jazz combo rocks the house at the 32nd annual Jazz in the Meadows Jazz Festival at the Rolling Meadows High School on Saturday. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • The Lake Zurich High School jazz ensemble under the direction of Joshua Thompson rocks the 32nd annual Jazz in the Meadows Jazz Festival at the Rolling Meadows High School on Saturday.

    The Lake Zurich High School jazz ensemble under the direction of Joshua Thompson rocks the 32nd annual Jazz in the Meadows Jazz Festival at the Rolling Meadows High School on Saturday. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • The Palatine High School Jazz Lab Band under the direction of Marissa Rentner rocks the 32nd annual Jazz in the Meadows Jazz Festival at the Rolling Meadows High School on Saturday.

    The Palatine High School Jazz Lab Band under the direction of Marissa Rentner rocks the 32nd annual Jazz in the Meadows Jazz Festival at the Rolling Meadows High School on Saturday. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report
Updated 2/26/2017 10:06 AM

More than 100 jazz bands and combos representing 60 schools from five states participated in the 32nd annual Jazz in the Meadows Jazz Festival Saturday at Rolling Meadows High School.

The event is one of the largest and most highly regarded jazz gatherings in the Midwest.

 

The event included a Noontime Concert featuring The Northern Illinois University Jazz Orchestra and the Grand Finale Concert featuring the highest scoring bands and a performance by guest artist Jeff Coffin and the Mu'tet. Coffin is a member of Dave Matthews Band, a three-time Grammy winner, and 14-year former member of Bela Fleck & the Flecktones.

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